Diablo 3′s Australian servers are now online – and iiNet group customers get the fastest access

Diablo 3 Latency

By on March 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Diablo 3 players across Australia have seen amazingly low pings in the last day or two, leading many to suspect that Blizzard has finally installed Australian servers — a fact officially confirmed tonight at a Blizzard event in Sydney.

That sounds like great news already, but it’s about to get even better…

Blizzard and games.on.net have negotiated a peering arrangement for iiNet customers.

What does this mean? It means that we’ve set up a behind-the-scenes system to ensure that Diablo 3 players on iiNet, Internode, Adam or any of our other ISPs get faster, prioritised traffic to these new servers.

These new servers are located in a data centre in Sydney, and are now fully scaled-up and operational. It’s the first time that the company has ever hosted server in Australia, and games.on.net and iiNet are here to help you make the most of it on day one. You’ll automatically switch to them when you load up the game, but don’t worry — you’ll still be able to play with your friends in the Americas and beyond.

Everything — friends lists, gold, items –will remain exactly as it was. The only difference you’ll notice is a faster ping, and an even faster one if you’re with us here at iiNet.

What about my hardcore characters?

Blizzard acknowledges that playing a hardcore character with bad latency is frustrating, and so they’ve ruled that hardcore characters from ANZ can only play on the Australian servers.

What about Blizzard’s other games?

Unfortunately, in typical Blizzard fashion, the company is staying very tight-lipped about its future plans, and we were unable to sweet-talk any further information out of its people (but not for lack of trying).

The upcoming Diablo 3 expansion Reaper of Souls goes live at 3PM Sydney time next week, on March 25. Read all about that here, and see it in action here and here.

With faster traffic to Diablo 3, quota-free downloads from Xbox LIVE and Steam, and even more on the way, we’re very proud to proclaim that iiNet is the number one ISP for gamers in Australia.

51 comments (Leave your own)

Yay, I was getting 22ms last night, it is SO GOOD THAT MY DASHING STRIKE IS NOW INSTANT.

 

Now if only Blizzard would stop dragging their feet on Aussie WoW servers.

 

Yes, this is why we haven’t posted any news about the AU servers yet – we knew all along but couldn’t say anything!

We’re very happy to finally be able to bring you this deal we’ve been working on. Please enjoy, from all of us here at games.on.net.

 

YAY!
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to play Reapers of Souls until the 26th. :(

 

Can we get quota free download of the game too?
I notice it downloads from inside Australia.

 

Tim Colwill:
Yes, this is why we haven’t posted any news about the AU servers yet – we knew all along but couldn’t say anything!

We’re very happy to finally be able to bring you this deal we’ve been working on. Please enjoy, from all of us here at games.on.net.

Well played!

 

lol, good stuff Tim :)

 

Mixed feelings on this.

Great news that we finally have local servers.

Annoyed that this wasn’t done 2 years ago and it’s only after 2 years of complaining about latency that something was done (with nothing but silence from Blizzard).

Pessismist in me says this wouldn’t have happened if not for Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard would be competing with DotA2, LoL and HoN that have local servers. D3 is the initial test and they can say they’re looking after their ANZ base…

I said I’d go back to D3 if we got servers so it’s downloading now. :p

 

@Tim does that mean it’s free quota for us?

edit: Also wurs my credit at Tim, pretty sure that’s my half picture up there. :P

Also @ Shuth, 2 years ago iiNet wasn’t as big as it is now, they’ve bought out quite alot of companies now, so they’d have a ridiculous amount of resources now.

 

That awkward moment it makes no difference to me at all …

Would be nice in WoW where latency actually matters … not so much here, but it’s better than nothing I guess. though I don’t think our little region has enough players to sustain its own little WoW bubble.

 

Well done. Getting blizzard to set up a server here was like getting blood out of a stone.

 

Actually installing D3 again now. Considering that it hasn’t been installed since shortly after the game was released this is quite an achievement. Well done iiNet! :D

 

It saddens me hearing of these backroom deals. In the past I choose Internode for helping gamers out but this is just punishing those that aren’t. Very uncool.

Unless of course this is because iiNet is actually hosting the servers in which I am thankful for them helping bring Blizzard one step closer to Australia.

 

At blizzcon, Mike Morhaime asked me if Brisbane was the place with the airport. Coolest bloke though!

Edit: This is awesome news!!!!!!!!

 

A few points:

1) Blizzard organized the servers on their own without our help or instruction – we just jumped in to try to get a special arrangement for our customers.

2) The arrangement is not exclusive and other ISPs are welcome to try to negotiate their own (and I am sure Blizzard would love them to!)

3) It’s not quota free. Sorry! It’s just faster traffic.

4) My boss Heidi did all the work on this from iiNets end and deserves massive credit.

 

I was joking. :P

Shame it’s not free quota, 30ms makes up for it though ;)

 

I also have mixed feelings on this.

It is good news but… These AU servers could disappear as quickly as they appeared. I smell a ploy to sell as many of their D3 expansion packs as possible and then drop the AU server to save money down the track.

Makes me ask the question (as others have) as to why don’t they have AU Wow servers? (and the only answer I can think of is to save money.)

 

nit001:
I also have mixed feelings on this.

It is good news but… These AU servers could disappear as quickly as they appeared. I smell a ploy to sell as many of their D3 expansion packs as possible and then drop the AU server to save money down the track.

Makes me ask the question (as others have) as to why don’t they have AU Wow servers? (and the only answer I can think of is to save money.)

This would not surprise me however Blizzard is at least a little better now it is owned by themselves. I don’t know as I don have Diablo 3 but someone I know told me the last Diablo 3 patch made a lot of good changes which is a step down the right path.

 

Reaper of Souls is now a buy for me. It was the only reservation I had, that being the latency.

 

Tim Colwill,

Nice. Shame about not being quota free (looking at this giant 12GB download happening right now) but nonetheless I’m ok with that. Oh and Heidi for president! All hail President Heidi! :)

 
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